Saturday, 30 May 2009

Angels and Demons: Racy entertainer with an edge

Adapting Dan Brown's novel of the same name, Tom Hanks reprises the role of Dr. Robert Langdon, searching and decoding clues at a rapid pace and guess what, it all makes sense in the end. Director Ron Howard creates some amazing moments with Hanks and Ewan McGregor playing their parts with finesse.While the climax may not surprise you, it will not leave you disappointed either. Go for it.

The showpiece
The Camerlengo (McGregor) dropping from a dark and windy Vatican sky with a parachute.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Thou shall not spit

Then God came into it.

Sick of people spitting on the staircase corners, the denizens of this building at M G Road decided to have these square tiles of gods placed in such a manner that no person thinks of persisting with this disgusting habit.

Is it a habit that is hard to knock off? On the other hand, is it the lack of public washrooms, that 'forces' people to disregard matters of hygiene? A mixture of both factors, it seems.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

IPL excitement: Rajasthan Royals and the never say die spirit

As the fight for the top four spots hots up, we finally get the classic matches.
Even as the Royal Challengers Bangalore scraped by the Chennai Super Kings, it was Rajasthan Royal's never-say-die spirit that saw them beat the star-filled Mumbai Indians.
Yesterday, it was Kings XI Punjab that jumped back into contention with a win over Delhi Daredevils - the only team that looks assured of a semi-final spot right now.


Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
Promises to be enthralling contest, with both teams wanting to fix their semi-final spot. Mumbai Indians have to win the match to keep their hopes alive.

Kolkata Knight Riders
vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad
Knight Riders play for pride even as the Chargers will look to seal their semi-final spot.

Friday, 8 May 2009

IPL overkill

With the amount of matches been played and the lack of engrossing contests, IPL 2009 is creating some yawn-inducing moments, which means we shall only be talking about major matches in the blog now.

So much for cricket.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

IPL update: Mumbai Indians self-destruct

Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

Despite the early loss of Tendulkar and Jayasuriya, Mumbai Indians were well on course to chase down 145, until they decided to give it all away. Part time bowler Rohit Sharma took four wickets in four balls in the space of two overs to bring their opponents crashing down. The loss takes Mumbai to seventh spot, while the Chargers move up to the second spot.

The top four TODAY

Delhi Daredevils

Deccan Chargers (Hyderabad)

Chennai Super Kings

Rajasthan Royals


A upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore face the defending champions Rajasthan Royals. This one promises to be special.

Kings XI Punjab face the Chennai Super Kings in the second match of the day.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

IPL update: Delhi lead the pack today

May 5 match results

The Rajasthan Royals brought the Kings XI Punjab down to earth by posting 211, the highest total in this IPL. In reply, Kings XI could manage only 133 for 8 in its 20 overs. With this victory, the defending champions make it harder for the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore to break into the top four.

The Delhi Daredevils prevailed by nine wickets over a lacklustre Knight Riders. Dropped catches and sloppy fielding didn't help the Riders as they slumped to their seventh defeat in eight matches.

The top four as on May 6th:

Delhi Daredevils
Chennai Super Kings
Rajasthan Royals
Deccan Chargers (Hyderabad)


Today's fixture

Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

With both teams having lost their last match, this one promises to be an enthralling game, with the Mumbai Indians desperate to improve their inconsistent performance, while the Chargers look to register a win after three straight losses.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

IPL: Chennai top the tables for now....

Hayden's innings set the foundation for a huge total for the CSK on Monday

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted an imposing total before the Deccan Chargers (DC), so imposing that even a spate of dropped catches couldn't stop them from winning by 78 runs. A solid batting performance by Mathew Hayden in the initial stages and M S Dhoni in the final overs got them to 178.

The chase? You must be kidding...
After losing Gibbs, Gilchrist and Laxman for nought, DC were 3 for 3, when Dwayne Smith skied one, only to find that three fielders running after the ball, each expecting the other to catch it. The next ball Smith send another one high, and this time another fielder dropped a sitter. Smith promptly made 49, while Rohit Sharma anchored with 21, both were dismissed in a single over by the talented left arm spinner Shadab Jakarti. The DC wickets fell in a flourish, the last with the score exactly 100.

The loss sent DC crashing from the top to fourth place. CSK, with the win, holds the top slot, for now.

After having played 14 matches each, the top four go through to the semi-finals, as simple as that.

The top four as on the 5th of May are as follows:

Chennai Super Kings

Kings XI Punjab

Delhi Daredevils

Deccan Chargers




Presently placed second, Kings XI will look to win and make their semi-final place secure, while a win for the defending champions Rajasthan Royals (presently seventh) will throw the contest wide open.


The Daredevils will start hot favourites, the Knight Riders do not need a win more badly than now, languishing as they at the bottom of the table with a sole win of their seven matches played so far.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

IPL: the team ownership crap

The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) rushed into having a T20 league of its own, after business tycoon Subhash Chandra started the ICL (Indian Cricket League).

The BCCI acted like a bully, barring ICL players from been selected to the Indian national team, and 'declared war' against the legendary Kapil Dev, just because he was one of the main driving forces behind ICL.

Suddenly, people who had nothing to do with cricket were part of the game. All they had to have was money, loads of it. Former cricketers as team owners would have been ideal, but the IPL has only made it evident that the 'maximum profit' factor has taken over and crossed limits that make international cricketers part of a performing circus.

Still, cricket survives, because there are players out there, playing the game like they want to, with no inhibitions. Sports and games have always allowed the participants the freedom to perform, that one thing can't be denied.